How did you feel 2 months after childbirth?

(21 Posts)
babsie007 Sun 16-Mar-14 15:15:52

I have birth to my baby girl 7 weeks ago. It was a natural birth, gruelling and I hemoraged but no stitches so I recovered well down below.

The past 2 nights my husband has been off so he has done the 2am feed which has meant I got to sleep through until around 6am.

Regardless of the sleep the past two nights, I feel absolutely exhausted and constantly feel like I could nap (I'm not usually like this!).

Mumof3xx Sun 16-Mar-14 15:20:04

I still feel like I could nap at any time of day and dd is almost a year old

NatashaBee Sun 16-Mar-14 15:23:58

Pregnancy and birth can screw up your thyroid - might be worth getting that checked out.

Raxacoricofallapatorius Sun 16-Mar-14 15:24:12

After dd (emcs and long labour), I felt like I'd been run over. I was very anaemic it turned out. I'd been pretty anaemic to start with but a pph and weeks of exhaustion/not eating properly made me ten times worse. I also had ptsd and pnd which didn't help.

After ds (emcs and long labour), I felt utterly fine and was back running.

I think from my sample of two, there's a vast range of normal.

I don't think 2 nights of sleep makes up for two months of sleep deprivation after a gruelling labour and massive change in your life tbh. Have you had a once over from a gp?

babsie007 Sun 16-Mar-14 15:24:19

Oh no don't tell me that lol! I'm back to work in 2 weeks so I will be knackered....

woodlandwanderwoman Sun 16-Mar-14 15:27:56

Are you bf? I found this made me exhausted and I constantly craved sugar and energy boosts.

Your body is still healing, I also found strange things still happened for a couple of months such as sweating out excess fluid too. All this means your body is working harder than you think but it's worth getting checked with doctor for things like hormone and iron levels if you are unsure. Good luck

babsie007 Sun 16-Mar-14 15:29:46

I seen the go last Monday for my 6 weeks check but to be honest I hadn't been feeling too bad then. I did have aneamia (potentially still do) and was given ferrous tablets to take for 3 weeks. They did make me bunged up though so I stopped taking them after about a week. I am back taking my pregnancy vitamin though.

babsie007 Sun 16-Mar-14 15:29:55

Sen the gp I mean

babsie007 Sun 16-Mar-14 15:30:48

I'm not bf, she wouldn't latch so has been on bottles from day 3.

HoleyGhost Sun 16-Mar-14 15:36:08

Sounds like symptoms of anemia.

You can ask your chemist for something like lactulose to take with the iron

Grumbliest Sun 16-Mar-14 15:39:49

Like a big exhausted wobbly jelly..was very anaemic too

ch1134 Tue 18-Mar-14 17:08:38

my baby is 8 weeks old and I'm getting a lot less sleep than you! Hope this makes you feel better!

notadoctor Tue 18-Mar-14 17:43:20

If you're worried that the tiredness ist just lack of sleep it's worth going back to the Doctors - I developed an under active thyroid after my DDs birth which made me exhausted all the time. It took a while to get it diagnosed as everyone was convinced it was just because I was a new Mum.

MooMa42o Tue 18-Mar-14 17:45:10

I felt very, very tired, but it turned out i was pregnant!..

Frizz1986 Thu 20-Mar-14 22:13:00

I felt drained and exhausted until 10 weeks and then i slowly started to feel more myself. I am still knackered all the time and expect to be this way for a long time but i at least feel a bit myself now. I think mine was because i bled until 9 weeks which took a lot out of me.

HappyAsEyeAm Thu 20-Mar-14 22:18:21

Very bloated still. But I remember enjoying Wimbledon and looking forward to the start of the Olympics, so I must have been feeling vaguely human. I barely BFed at all though, so Dh took a turn one of the weekend nights every week to do the night feeds. That makes a huge difference.

I do remember getting up in the night, after being asleep so soundly, and all of my muscles routinely hurting, especially across my middle (second EMCS birth). It was hard to straighten up straightaway after getting up.

I was exceptionally lucky that DS2 slept through from about 3 months. And thats all it was, luck. That changed everything.

duchesse Thu 20-Mar-14 22:18:31

babsie, sorry you're still feeling rotten. Some women find their thyroid does funny things after pregnancy, so might be worth bearing in mind if you don't improve despite sleep.

For the anaemia, you could try Spatone (iron water) which is much better tolerated usually than the tablets. You can get it in Boots on a 3 for 2.

Hope you're feeling better by and by.

fat and bored and sick of all the inane smallltalk!

2mommy14 Mon 24-Mar-14 12:29:39

My second child Is 11 weeks old now and I find the two nights a week my husband does his night feed I'm more tired than when I do it myself. I would definitely get your iron levels checked as I was anaemic throughout my second pregnancy and I could have slept all day until I started the higher dose iron tablets.

Bumpsadaisie Mon 24-Mar-14 13:18:16

I remember 8 weeks in being difficult with both of mine. The adrenaline and excitement that has carried you through is wearing off and you feel knackered and tired.

If you have been v short of sleep, the effect of finally getting some OK sleep can be that your body finally "gives" in and you feel all the tiredness that you've been fighting through for the last months.

Try to get as much sleep as you can. Also with Spring in the air make sure you get out every day for a bit a walk and fresh air. Does you the world of good.

Also think about drinking Berocca vitamin drink laced with Spatone iron supplement, to give you a boost. If you're going back to work soon you need to look after yourself carefully.

BrokenDownstairs Mon 24-Mar-14 14:04:53

13 weeks and I'm fat and tired! Think it took 2 years last time.. Then I did it again grin

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